ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2011

by GRAPHISOFT and Greg Kmethy · updated: 02.04.2011

ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2011 was released on January 18, 2011. Based on ARCHICAD 14, it has been tailored to the needs of smaller architectural practices. ARCHICAD SE2011 contains all the tools necessary to create the Virtual Building model from which the entire architectural documentation is derived. It also provides the latest DWG-DXF and IFC 2×3 interfaces for file exchange with external applications.


STAR(T) Edition 2011 supports the following operating systems:

can read files created with:

  • STAR(T) Edition 2006 or newer versions
  • ARCHICAD 8.1 and 9
  • PlotMaker 3.1

START(T) Edition 2011 files can be opened with:

  • Future Star(T) Edition versions

START(T) Edition 2011 protection key:

Version Comparison

Check the new features comparison chart to see the differences between ARCHICAD 15 Full and StartEdition versions: Version Comparison

New Features in STAR(T) Edition 2011


Partial Structure Display
Work in the rich composite structure environment of walls and slabs while easily coordinating the load-bearing structure with engineers. Show and export only the load-bearing (core) structures, instead of filtering them one-by-one when communicating with other disciplines.


Oriented Views
In ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2011, your project lines up just the way you need it: simply rotate the view on screen to a perpendicular position. Now you can edit diagonal wings comfortably, while your annotations adjust automatically to the final layout orientation.


Shadows in Open GL 3D View
ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2011 greatly improves in-model visualization with shadow casting in 3D OpenGL views. Live 3D views of the BIM model, in addition to being work-views, also become a standard basis for communicating the design intent with clients.


Refined Management of Object Libraries
Library consolidation for projects coming from earlier versions of ARCHICAD and an extended set of detailed information about loaded libraries and objects are among the new features introduced with the new management tools.


Extended Options for Doors & Windows
ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2011 offers users increased control over model-based sections and details of doors and windows. An extended set of Reveal and Wall Closure setting options makes creation of refined details a fully-automatic process.


Dimension Text Prefix & Suffix
Model-based annotation is key to an effective BIM workflow. Custom prefixes & suffixes added to associative dimensions – while keeping their real measured values – can boost documentation productivity by an order of magnitude.


Improved Handling of Schedules
ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2011 introduces standard spreadsheet editing techniques to improve productivity in Schedule and Index windows. Export quantity take-offs to Excel with graphical information included for WYSIWYG results.


New editing aid provides instant, dynamic feedback on the cursor’s vertical and horizontal position in ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2011. Place Guidelines with a single click on the Ruler. The Ruler greatly improves productivity in arranging drawings on layouts.


Direct Import of Site-survey Data
Import site survey data directly from Theodolites into ARCHICAD with a single-click. XYZ coordinates automatically convert into an ARCHICAD Mesh element providing an accurate 3D model of the environment.


Performance Optimizations
ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2011 offers 15%-500% speed improvements in various operations depending on project size and complexity. For example, Library reloads can be 500% faster compared to previous versions.


Streamlined AutoCAD 2010 DWG I/O
Despite increased reliance on model-based workflows, architects still need to coordinate their design with engineers using traditional 2D workflows. ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2011 introduces streamlined DWG/DXF 2010 Import-Export.


MEP Support
ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2011 supports GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler as an important step towards becoming a full-fledged collaboration tool. Model MEP systems according to consultant drawings and eliminate clashes with the building structure.

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